Hot air balloons can be a romantic thing to do for a date, or just a nice ride to take with loved ones. But the fear of something going terribly wrong is always possible. On Tuesday many peoples fear came true in Egypt when 19 people were killed on a hot air balloon ride when the hot air balloon caught fire. Many are now asking questions like, how safe are hot air balloons? Should people even ride them? If you do not mind taking that risk then keep reading to find out 3 tips to stay safe in a hot air balloon.
Commercial balloonist Patrick Smith took up about 260 people in the past year. He says that it is very important for people to be quiet in an emergency situation while hot air ballooning. Smith tries to keep their emotions under control and tries to keep them as calm as possible so they can hear his instructions.
Do Not Jump Out
Unless the basket itself is on fire Patrick Smith advises not to jump out of the hot air balloon. If it is on fire, then it’s up to you to take the risk of jumping.
Find a Safe Landing Spot
Landing in a tree is your safest option when performing an emergency landing in hot air balloons. If a tree is not available your next best bet is an open field. The goal is to stay away from power lines and populated areas, if at all possible.
There are many risks when riding in a hot air balloon, but many people choose to take their chances since the risk is very slim. People say things like, “we get into cars every day with a higher chance of being killed in an accident.” Still, it is scary because in a hot air balloon the chances of survival are a lot less than in a car accident (depending on the circumstances). Have you been on a hot air balloon ride? What was your experience like? Let us know in the comments below.